Cheikhou Kouyate: West Ham to appeal against midfielder's red card

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is sent off against Blackburn Rovers
Cheikhou Kouyate joined West Ham from Anderlecht on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee in June 2014

West Ham United will contest the red card Cheikhou Kouyate received during Sunday's 5-1 FA Cup win at Blackburn.

The midfielder, 26, was dismissed when he clipped defender Adam Henley, who was looking to race clear at goal.

"Yes, we will appeal Kouyate's red card, which we believe was a mistake by the referee," Hammers co-chairman David Gold wrote on Twitter on Monday.

"The Blackburn player wasn't going to get the ball anyway so he wasn't denied a goalscoring opportunity."

West Ham have been drawn away in the quarter-finals to the winners of Monday's match between Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United.

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